The first wave of immigrants occurred after the Cuban Revolution of 1959 led by Fidel Castro. Many political refugees came with the idea that the new government would not last long, and their stay in the U.S. was temporary. Homes, cars, and other properties in Cuba were left behind until the government fell. Castro promptly stopped this exodus with the confiscation of all properties belonging to anyone leaving the country.
The blending of cultures is reflected in local areas cafes and restaurants with tastes of Cuba. Of course, one of the best ways to get to the heart of a culture is through its cuisine. And this is particularly enjoyable and easy with rich and flavorful Cuban food whose influence is felt in subtle ways. Whether it’s a café con leche with Cuban cheese toast for breakfast or a mojito at happy hour.
Try this easy recipe to bring the taste of Cuba inside your home.
- 2 parts Bacardi Carta Blanca (white rum)
- ½ fresh lime
- 12 fresh mint leaves
- 2 heaped bar spoons of caster sugar
- Dash of soda water
- Cubed ice
- Crushed ice
- To Garnish: Sprig of Fresh Mint
- Put the four lime wedges into a glass, then add the sugar and muddle (squish everything together) to release the lime juice
- Put the mint leaves on one hand and clap. This bruises the leaves and releases the aroma. Rub the mint leaves around the rim of the glass and drop them in. Use a muddler, bar spoon to gently push the mint down into the lime juice
- Half fill the glass with crushed ice and pour in the Bacardi Carta Blanca. Stir the mix together until the sugar dissolves
- Top up with crushed ice, a splash of the soda water and garnish it with a sprig of mint
- Pop in a straw and enjoy a taste of Cuba in South Florida.